Nintendo Switch OLED Model officially revealed, launches October 8th for $349, no 4K support

Written by Chad Norton on Tue, Jul 6, 2021 4:22 PM

For a long time now it has been rumored that Nintendo was about to launch the Nintendo Switch Pro model, which would feature 4K and DLSS support along with some upgraded hardware and a larger screen. Now Nintendo have officially announced a new Switch model, but it’s not exactly what was rumored.

Say hello to the Nintendo Switch OLED Model! As the name implies, the new model now has a full OLED screen, plus an increased size of 7-inches, double the internal storage capacity, and lots more features. The Nintendo Switch OLED Model is launching on October 8th 2021 (the same day as Metroid Dread) for $349.

Along with the new, larger OLED screen and increased storage capacity, the Nintendo Switch OLED Model also includes a wide, adjustable stand for easy and comfortable viewing when in Tabletop mode. There’s also a built-in wired LAN port as well as enhanced audio capabilities.

Nintendo also clarified that all joy-con controllers previously released will be compatible with the new OLED model, as well as all Switch games released thus far. Essentially, it is just another option for gamers to choose from when deciding to purchase a Nintendo Switch.

Obviously this is not the rumored Nintendo Switch Pro, so it’s possible Nintendo is still planning on a 4K-compatible mobile console that will come out later down the line. As it is now, the OLED Model features practically the same hardware as previous models, maxing out at 720p in mobile mode and 1080p docked.

What do you think? Are you excited for the Nintendo Switch OLED Model? Will you be getting one? Do you have one right now? Which model do you own? And do you think Nintendo will still come out with a 4K-compatible one? Let us know!

Are you excited for the Nintendo Switch OLED Model?

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06:08 Jul-10-2021

I'm honestly relieved.
The "switch pro" rumours were starting to make me worry that the BoTW sequel would be optimised for a more powerful version of the console and that would make me a sad fellow indeed. Looks like I have nothing to worry about though :^)


(I wonder if i can get that spicy dock with a LAN port separately though... Thick walls do not give a good wifi experience)

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13:46 Jul-11-2021

My missis was worrying about the same thing, but it appears that the bullet was dodged

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06:05 Jul-10-2021

hahahahaha

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15:21 Jul-08-2021

I guess I have an anniversary gift for my gf now xDDDD

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12:29 Jul-09-2021

Nice! And on my end this is a b-day gift from my girl to me (my current Switch was also the same) xD

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15:53 Jul-07-2021

Was anybody actually expecting a 4K capable portable console? The current gen consoles can't do it natively, and they're non-portable.
I just wanted a battery and performance upgrade. Alas, we got neither.


I want to play the games on Switch at 60fps. That alone made me buy a PS4 Pro, and it definitely would have made me buy a Switch Pro.
Nintendo are so out of touch with what people actually

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17:28 Jul-07-2021

They may be "out of touch", but the sales numbers say otherwise xD


To be fair - I am sometimes disappointed by the framerates on Switch too, but if you look at the reviews and buy accordingly - it's less of an issue. Still sucks, though.

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21:00 Jul-08-2021

Sale numbers say otherwise, simply because there's no competition. The switch is a very casual console and people that buy them want something more than a phone (handheld always sits better in the hands), but don't want a full console or computer.
I didn't expect 4k and DLSS stuff from nintendo anyway, but the fact that NOTHING has been upgraded besides screen and internal storage is really a no-go for me. Selling me years old hardware for such a high price, no thanks.

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21:34 Jul-08-2021

I wouldn't say that it's a terrible deal, or anything... The Shield TV Pro costs $200, but does not come with a screen (let alone an OLED - those are pricy) or a controller and it's not portable. On top of that the Switch is a console, so you're buying into the Nintendo ecosystem/platform with this, more than just the hardware.

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21:36 Jul-08-2021

I also wanted an upgrade in the specs, but on the flip side - it sucked when Nintendo did that with the 'New' 3DS, leaving older console owners locked out of a list of exclusive games for the more powerful revision. And that's, for example, what my missis didn't want to happen with the Switch - especially when you consider that Zelda BotW2 would have probably been turned into an exclusive in that scenario.


If the scalpers don't get there first - I'll get the OLED version and sell my current one. I want the OLED... xD

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23:17 Jul-06-2021

And this is just Nintendo being that stubborn old grandpa that heard about internet yesterday and couldn't really tell what people want and just stubbornly insists on resisting any modernization flow... so it is the boring update and I got zero excitement for it. Like OLED screen is nice, LAN port always was very basic omission, so thanks for catching up with that tech Nintendo.

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23:19 Jul-06-2021

And since I already own original Switch, I will just stick with that. Got no interest in upgrading, if Nintendo doesn't feel like offering me any good reason to upgrade. But I guess that is Nintendo for you, where looking at what people want is not in their book. Hence why I doubt we will see 4k Switch. At current speed Nintendo might have 4k console when rest will have at least 8k if not 12k.

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23:48 Jul-06-2021

Even if it was more powerful, supported 4K and all that, I still wouldn't get it because I already have the original system which works just fine for me. So why would I want what is basically just a souped-up version I already have? (Answer: I wouldn't.) That said, I'm honestly glad they didn't make a more powerful Switch, because then I would feel like got gypped/ripped off, and it would just fragment/separate and/or piss off their player base.

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23:02 Jul-06-2021

As cool as it is, I already have the switch, got it at launch and it works just fine for me. Still does in fact. So no interest in this. I use my docked most of the time anyway so it'd be a pointless upgrade for me to be honest. That said I would be very worried about burn-in.

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01:00 Jul-07-2021

The Switch I got for my missis is the old one like yours and when I got round to buying one for myself - the "redbox" one was available. There were subtle differences, like a slightly nicer display, the battery lasts considerably longer and there's less heat (because the Mariko Tegra X1 revision is a dyeshrink) + because it's mroe efficient - the console charges faster when playing. I noticed all of that because we have both and I played on my girl's one before buying one for myself.

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01:01 Jul-07-2021

So if you have the original one, depending on how you use it, the OLED version would be sort of like a 2 version jump - battery/efficiency + the display, rather than just the display.

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17:51 Jul-06-2021

Guess this is more of a refresh that will eventually kill the old switch, kinda like the "New 3ds" did. Not a huge upgrade, but from what I know they had to make some sort of change because the old Tegra chip is no longer produced, perfect time for a small facelift.

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17:40 Jul-06-2021

For 50€ more it kills the older model, OLED screen, better audio, double the storage (even if it's still comically small), etc. But with no performance upgrades it's a hard sell for someone who like me already has the regular one IMO.

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21:35 Jul-06-2021

It still kills me that it doesn't have bluetooth 5.2 support for even better audio quality if you use bluetooth headphones.
Disappointed but not surprised, since Nintendo never cared about the technological advancements, they just stick with something old that works and game developers have to put more effort in optimizing their games.

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17:13 Jul-06-2021

The OLED and the speakers? SOLD! I play this thing 99.9% hand-held and I'd love some of those inky blacks in there, plus the LCD is a bit crap in brighter conditions. Other than that I was hoping for some DLSS goodness, but ah well...

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16:35 Jul-06-2021

Do you think nintendo will release a 4k nintendo switch pro eventually? I MEAN... it might not be in the next few years... but EVENTUALLY (that could be in a hundred years so take it with a grain of salt lmao)

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17:50 Jul-06-2021

I'm thinking they might add 4k to their next big console instead.

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16:33 Jul-06-2021

DISAPOINTED!!!


And I know this will still sell out somehow. Nintendo fans are scary man.

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17:11 Jul-06-2021

I'm not a Nintendo fan - PC Mustard Race "born and bred", so to speak. But I have a Switch and I play 99.9% hand-held, so the OLED and the improved speakers are a selling point for me. For some of us it's just an upgrade, nothing scary.

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17:46 Jul-06-2021

I can see that. I'm pretty half and half between docked and handheld for my switch. But it's a hard sell for me since I really wanted an upgrade to the performance instead of only handheld quality of life.

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00:55 Jul-07-2021

Yeah, the DLSS dream is left a dream and no raw performance gains either (at least not that they market any changes). Definitely sucks a bit, but ah well, I'll just flip my old Switch when I get the OLED model.

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